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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Burns discusses preservation of National Parks


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Speaking for the fourth time at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns focused on the story of America’s natural treasures in his appearances last month.

In his March 27 introduction, series founder Dick Henning noted that many Americans get their history primarily from Burns’ historical films for PBS, including “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The West,” “The War” and his latest, the topic of the discussion, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

Burns opened with a 12-minute film on National Parks.

“It’s the power of history with its varied voices,” he said. “There is no better subject to make than the history of our National Parks.”

According to Burns, National Parks are as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and should be preserved for everyone. Americans from every background and region of the country have fallen in love with the parks and contributed their time and money to preserve them, he added.

Burns’ crew filmed at Yellowstone National Park, the first National Park. They captured its beauty and important inhabitants: grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.

Burns reminisced about his first visit to a National Park.

“I remember in 1959, when I was 6 years old, my father took me to Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. With fog and mist hugging the road, we saw a beautiful new world. He held my hand at the waterfall,” he recalled. “Years later, you can remember how great this was with your dad. National Parks are for families. It’s where you take the family for a holiday. We could be walking in a cathedral of time.”

Discussing his visits to different Alaska parks to capture their grandeur in photographs, Burns inserted a touch of humor.

“Alaska took us in, and we will never forget those beautiful features – but we never saw Russia,” he said.

National Parks require co-ownership for continued preservation.

“What would happen if there were no National Parks?” Burns asked. “Yosemite would be a gated community. It’s not what you take away, but what you can put in for posterity and your children.”

Following his presentation, Burns answered questions from the audience.

Asked about documentaries he is considering for the future, Burns offered a full slate of upcoming productions. They include: “The Address,” the story of a small, private Vermont boarding school for boys 9-16 with learning disabilities; “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” spotlighting Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor; “Jackie Roblinson”; “The TET Offensive”; “Country Music”; and part 2 of “Ernest Hemingway.”

For more information on the speaker series, visit www.celebrityforum.net.

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